IUMA: BURNING UP THE BLOCK
Ray Ray BIO/ PERSONAL INFO
I grew up in New York all my life, since the age of 5 in 1981 back then the streets were wild. Drugs, blockparties and chasing girls was a vivid memory for me. I was lucky to grow up with two parents 1 brother and 5 sisters they paved the way and got me to where Iam at now. I had an outside family as well tinimo, Ed, jiggilo and big Dennis. We all had big ideas of making big money having big cars but nobody had big plans. So school was the way out for me. I never was the one who liked school but I knew I had to finish in order to get ahead in life.
In 1993 I had threw a party for me, and I was the D.J so I started freestyling on the mic and when I was done somebody grab the mic and said a ill rhyme, and I had to follow it up and I crushed him with a rhyme that made the people go damm. Since then everytime I threw a party I always open the Mic to see who had the skills to challenge me. After that I started to write because people always said I had potential to make it big and told me stick with it and never quit. Some people laugh at me when I said I was going to do the music thing. So the reason why Iam doing the music thing is because I love hip hop and I love writing music and plus the quality of music that some record companies are putting out is straight up garbage.
Then I joined the military because I wanted to see other places and wanted to catch up on some bills so I spent 3 years in the infantry and while spending my time in the army I came across a guy name sinister tonz and I heard he was making the hottest beats on the market so I went over to his studio and he put this hot beat on and freestyled over it and he was super tight. We had an compilation CD come out in January of 2000 I have two songs on that. I have my music played in clubs and on the radio in New York, Boston, North Carolina and Clarksville Tenn. I also did shows in New York. The next project I did was with Sinister Tonz in Burning Up The Block, the album has 20 tracks and the release date is to be September 2000.
Sinister Tonz Bio/ Personal Info
Born Nathaniel G. Baker on December 17, 1975 to Nancy Baker and Joseph Baker. Who would have known this baby would grow up to be one of the hottest underground hip hop and R&B producers of the millennium. Imagine, if you will, a guy that has produced 687 beats for hip-hop and R&B just in the last two years. Pretty impressive, but nobody knows who this guy really is. That's because he is hard at work in his home production studio making the next beat to keep you bobbing your head, or in between the sheets making love in your bed. Whether it is a dance track, an uptown anthem, or a slow jam, you had better act like you know HIS BEATS ARE HOT!
He started out like most rappers do; he went from being a fan of hip-hop to wanting to express himself through the same outlet, making the same music that he loved. For years, he worked on writing his lyrics and developing his own unique style. By 1992, he thought he was ready and formed a group named Out of Order. The group consisted of the following members: Sinister (Nathaniel Baker), DJ Chaos (Richard Grenier), Wolfer (Dave Farrel), Spinny (Sinister's cousin Nick Dow). The group lasted about a year. Wolfer split over a girl and Spinny departed to follow acting shortly after. The last two members stayed together and kept working on their skills.
In 1994, DJ Chaos and Sinister set out to try again. They packed some clubs in the New England area and had a small following of devoted fans, but they wanted more. They met a couple of guys at a club and liked each other's style. They decided to form the U.F.C. (The Unified Fractions Cliques). The group consisted of Funk D. (Doug Wiggins), Captain Kirk (Kirk Campbell, DJ Chaos and Sinister. They signed with an independent record label, Jam Hot Records out of Boston, MA. They worked hard in the studio with their producer Steve The Razor Picardi. Sinister began to see how he really enjoyed the whole process of making beats. The album never made it to the spotlight, but started a surge of life in the underground hip-hop scene. People were feeling their music, especially their peers. It landed them their first major show. They were chosen to open for DAS EFX at the Salem State University hip-hop concert which featured PMD (Parish Smith) of EPMD and the underground legends from Boston, God Complex. What a show! Unfortunately, the group was pulled apart by the changes of life and the fact they had not made it big. All of the members are still friends and still keep in touch.
Sinister has since moved on and now goes by Sinister Tonz. He is not only a producer/ rapper, he is also the CEO of ONE LOVE RECORDS, a small independent record label located in Clarksville TN, just forty minutes northwest of Nashville. He has released his first CD; a compilation of various artists entitled The Millennium 2000 Compilation Vol.1 on January 18, 2000. He is currently working on another project with one of his artists, Ray Dogg, entitled Burning up the Block due to be release the last week of September 2000. Expect to hear more great things from this young hip-hop pioneer. At 24, he is definitely ahead of the game, as well as of his time.
Don't forget to check out his web site at www.oneloverecords.com
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